September 11th, 2005


Hiding out on the Internets

The web site is gone, but the Google cache remains. It's the Nimietist web site, and I suspect that it was created by college students with too much time on their hands and too many drugs in their systems. They also apparently got whomped upside the head with a very bad dictionary of philosophy. Behold:
The term 'nimietism' is derived from the latin nimitus, meaning 'too much'.

Thus, a notion of nimietism is literally one which relates to excess. As an ideology, it embodies both function and dysfunction in a political realm. There is no constraint to the bounds of thought or advocacy, rather the theory is inclusive of all concepts to an extreme excessiveness. Whereas normative political theory seeks to justify itself in deontological or utilitarian pretexts, nimietism provides no such illusions. Thought and action are taken while considerations of rationality are systematically ignored. Nimietism is the policy of direct action, taken to the extremes.

Some of the surviving live links on their googlecached pages (last updated in 1998, so we can safely presume that the authors have by now been incarcerated in prisons or mental hospitals) lead to very strange places- possibly to places other than those to which they originally led. However, one live link still reaches its intended goal, which is The Anti-Hippie Action League. I have no idea why I found this jejune humor site so amusing, but I did. Maybe it was this picture in the Hippie Gallery of Horrors.

Sometimes, I really, really need to be entertained.

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Damn if I didn't make it through another night!
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All day, there was coming and going by workmen of various sorts at the long-vacant house next door. No for-sale sign has appeared, so perhaps the intent of whoever now owns it is to keep it, either to live in or to rent out. If they intend to sell, they need to get their act together. The real estate market in Sacramento is already showing softness, and the market in this town is considerably less dynamic than that of the region's metropolis. Having the house on the market would be better for me at this point, though, as the growing weakness of the bubble means that it is apt to remain unsold and vacant for several more months, unless the sellers price it well below its supposed current market value. If they rent it out, or move in themselves, I could have neighbors again by next week. I'm going to miss the peace and privacy, and my cat will surely miss the extra quarter acre of territory she has come to think of as her own during the long years the house has been uninhabited.

This afternoon, we had the rare experience of loud thunder and bright sunshine. Last night, it was silent lightning flashing in the nearly cloudless sky, and today the few thunderheads clinging to the mountains let out great, rolling booms (which sounded as though they originated no more than a mile or two away) for over an hour while we basked in constant sunlight. No a drop of rain fell. It was quite splendid.